Being Prepared for Anything in Your RV

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It pays to be prepared, especially when you’re on the road in your RV. While you can’t be prepared for literally everything, there are steps you can take to account for a wide range of scenarios. If being better prepared sounds like something you can get behind, here are some of the most effective and straightforward methods you can take right now to make your travels safer.

Make Sure You’re Well-Equipped

One of the more obvious steps that you can take is to make sure that your RV is equipped with emergency and survival gear, just in case. While you don’t want to take up tons of room in your RV, it never hurts to devote a little space to select versatile items.

A well-stocked first aid kit is first on the list. Traveling as frequently as you do and spending lots of time outdoors will inevitably lead to minor cuts, bruises, burns, and the like, which a competent first aid kit can handle. Springing for a more premium first aid kit, however, is advised. The extra gear can really come through in a pinch.

You should also add some high-calorie non-perishable food items, as well as a couple of large containers of potable water. Make sure you also include a warm blanket and a good flashlight.

Don’t Lapse on Maintenance

If you make sure that your RV is in good shape at all times, the likelihood of it breaking down on you unexpectedly is reduced drastically. Don’t let your RV surprise you at the worst time. Before you embark on any major trip, be sure to get an RV technician to go over your RV bumper to bumper and look for problems. If any are found, it’s in your best interest to resolve them immediately. What may be a small problem now can become a huge problem after you’ve driven 3,000 miles.

Have an Itinerary That’s Flexible

Planning where you’re going is important. It let’s you know what route to take, what you can expect along the way, and what kind of considerations you need to keep in mind at your destination. But there’s also something to be said about flexibility. When making your plans, have a backup plan in mind. That way if something unforeseen occurs, you’ve got an immediate alternate to fall back on.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving, operating, or setting up an RV, we’d be glad to help!

Staving Off Boredom in Your Dog

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If you’re RVing with your dog, chances are he’s not bored. With all the new scents, the changing scenery, the new people (and other dogs!) he gets to meet… we’re sure an RV road trip is your dog’s definition of recreational just as much as it is yours.

However, maybe your pooch is getting a bit bored. Maybe you’ve been in one place for too long. If you need to give your dog a pick-me-up while on the road, consider one of these fun activities that are sure to dispel your dog’s doldrums.

Set Them Up on a Play Date!

Dogs love people, but they love other dogs even more. If it’s been awhile since your dog socialized with another canine, find a neighbor at your camp or RV park who also owns a pooch and see if they’d be okay with your dogs interacting. It’s important for dogs to get some time with others of their own kind, so be sure to mix in some meet ups as you travel.

Teach Your Dog Some New Tricks

Not only can you teach an old dog new tricks, they’ll love learning them! Teaching a dog a trick stimulates them mentally and helps to keep them sharp. It’s also a great way to bond with your dog and to reinforce your relationship. As a bonus, they also learn something with a practical purpose (sit, heel, stay) or that’s just for fun (roll over, beg, play dead).

Purchase Interactive Dog Toys

Of course, as much as your dog loves interacting with strangers or with you, sometimes even a dog needs some alone time. For this purpose, consider purchasing an interactive dog toy. There are tons of them on the market and they provide feedback and/or a challenge that will keep your dog busy and happy, especially when you need them distracted.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle (with your dog in tow, of course!), come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

Must Have Tools for Your RV

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When you’re traveling in your RV on the open road, you’re subject to plenty of freedom and independence. That independence means that you need to be able to handle problems yourself, if they arise. It’s part of the territory. To that end, there are certain tools that are pretty much required for RV travel. You may never need them, but you could be really sorry one day if you don’t have them aboard.

Tire Gauge

This one’s going to get used frequently. A tire gauge allows you to monitor the air pressure of your tires and to keep them at optimal levels as you travel. Properly inflated tires are more resilient, last longer, and will provide you with better fuel economy, which an RVer can appreciate.

Axe

A quality axe provides a multitude of useful functions around any RV site or campground. From cutting up wood for a fire to clearing debris, an axe is never dead weight. Consider packing it or a hatchet when you go out hiking. If you get lost somehow, it’s among the most useful items you can have.

Multi-bit Screwdriver

Instead of owning a dozen screwdrivers, invest instead in a multi-bit version. The various heads all magnetically snap into the handle and give you all the utility of a drawer full of lesser screwdrivers. No matter what kind of screw you encounter, a multi-bit has got you covered.

Channel Lock Pliers

Channel lock pliers will serve as your go-to tool for all things plumbing-related. From tightening a water hose to turning on a spigot that’s missing a handle, they’ll serve you well any time you need to really tighten something or need a makeshift handle.

Needle Nose Pliers

The pliers to use when something requires a bit more finesse. Needle nose pliers can fit into tight spaces and give you fine control over something too small for your hands to properly manipulate.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re interested in starting the RV lifestyle, come see us at Capital RV Center in North Dakota. Our wide inventory of RVs and motorhomes is sure to have just the right model for your needs. If you have any questions on driving an RV, we’d be glad to help!

Propane Heater Safety in Your RV

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It’s understandable that you want to use some space heaters in your RV during the winter. After all, it can get pretty cold depending on where you’re at during the winter months.

But be sure to practice safety measures when using a heater, especially propane heaters. Electric heaters are fairly simple to use safely: just keep them well away from anything flammable and don’t leave them unattended. For propane heaters, however, keep in mind the following:

Be Careful When Using Gas

It may sound counterintuitive, but it’s best to crack open a couple of your RV’s windows when using a gas-powered heater. If there’s a gas leak, your RV can quickly fill with carbon monoxide, which can be fatal at high, concentrated levels. If you begin to feel dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous, get some fresh air right away. To prevent the possibility of gas build up, just crack open a few windows. Your space heater will still do its job just fine even if there are some open windows.

Also consider installing a carbon monoxide detector in your RV. It’s a good idea to have one; just remember to regularly check if it’s still working.

Every time you use your propane heater, be sure to do a quick visual check of all cords, hoses, and connections. Do not use a faulty heater if you detect a problem.

Use Only As Needed

A gas heater is often the best way to get warm fast, but don’t over use it. Never leave it unattended or leave it on while your’e asleep. If you have other methods of staying warm, like putting on extra layers or using a warm blanket, do that instead. It saves on gas and reduces the risk of your gas heater causing an issue.

Keep Your Heater from Getting Under Foot

Place your gas heater in out of the way spots where foot traffic is unlikely. The last thing you want to do is tip it over. Keep it away from flammable materials when placing your heater, such as curtains or sheets. To make it even safer, purchase a gas heater that’s designed for indoor use and that has a tip-over safety switch that turns the unit off if you knock it over accidentally.

Visit Capital RV Center

If you’re in the market for your first RV or are considering upgrading your current RV, stop by our showroom at Capital RV Centers to walk through the many floor plans we have available. Choose from pushers, Class A RVs, Class C RVs, Class B RVs, fifth wheels, travel trailers, fish houses, toy haulers and more. We also have several types of pre-owned models.